Immunohistochemical detection of HIF-1α and CAIX in advanced head-and-neck cancer: Prognostic role and correlation with tumor markers and tumor oxygenation parameters

Matthias Kappler*, Helge Taubert, Hans Jürgen Holzhausen, Rolf Reddemann, Swetlana Rot, Axel Becker, Thomas Kuhnt, Kathrin Dellas, Jürgen Dunst, Dirk Vordermark, Gabriele Hänsgen, Matthias Bache

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit
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Background: Tumor hypoxia has an impact on the outcome of cancer patients treated with radiotherapy. The validity of endogenous markers such as hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) and carbonic anhydrase isozyme IX (CAIX) to detect therapeutically relevant levels of hypoxia within tumors is controversially discussed. Furthermore, the association of these hypoxia markers with tumor markers or tumor oxygenation parameters is of importance for understanding the relationship between the different factors. Patients and Methods: Tumor tissue sections of 34 patients with advanced head-and-neck cancer treated with radio(chemo)therapy were assessed by immunohistochemistry for the expression of HIF-1α and CAIX. The relationships of both markers with tumor oxygenation parameters, molecular factors like P53, OPN, VEGF, VHL, survivin, and Ki67 levels, and clinical parameters were studied. Results: Bivariate analysis showed a significant correlation of HIF-1α expression with high P53 and high OPN expression, high serum VEGF levels, and low VHL and low Ki67 expression. The CAIX expression was inversely correlated with pH value and directly correlated with T-stage. However, no correlation was found between HIF-1α and CAIX expression. Neither in a univariate Cox proportional hazard regression nor in a Kaplan-Meier analysis did expression of HIF-1α or CAIX have a significant impact on clinical outcome. However, in a Kaplan-Meier analysis, the combination of both factors showed that patients with intratumoral overexpression of either HIF-1α or CAIX or both markers died on average 2 years earlier than patients whose tumors had low expression of both factors (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Expression of HIF-1α and CAIX was correlated with different tumor parameters. Only combined HIF-1α and CAIX expression was significantly predictive of patients' overall survival.

ZeitschriftStrahlentherapie und Onkologie
Seiten (von - bis)393-399
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 08.2008


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